In The Driver’s Seat: Tears of joy, and sorrow, in Austin for Red Bull

(From left) Red Bull racing advisor Helmut Marko, driver Max Verstappen and team principal Christian Horner celebrate winning the US Grand Prix and constructors’ championship at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS
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One of the things I love most about Formula One is that it is like an iceberg. No, not as in cold and immovable, but in the sense that so much of what is really happening is going on out of sight.

On the face of it, Red Bull cheerfully smashed it for the 15th time this year at the United States Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen fought back from a disastrous 11-second pit stop after a wheel gun had malfunctioned, and had to pass the fast Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and then the revitalised Mercedes of leader Lewis Hamilton before taking the chequered flag for the 13th time in 2022.

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